How are you doing with listening to the Lord’s direction in your life? When we see people who are faithful to God in their lives, their example sets a contrast to those of us who disobey the Lord’s voice in our own lives. Change that today…
1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord during the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: 2 “Go to the Rekabite family and invite them to come to one of the side rooms of the house of the Lord and give them wine to drink.”
6 But they replied, “We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab gave us this command: ‘Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine. 7 Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.’ 8 We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine 9 or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops. 10 We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab commanded us. 11 But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded this land, we said, ‘Come, we must go to Jerusalem to escape the Babylonian and Aramean armies.’ So we have remained in Jerusalem.”
12 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying: 13 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. 14 ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. 15 Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me. 16 The descendants of Jehonadab son of Rekab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.’
Jeremiah 35:1-2, 6-16
When we see people who are faithful to God in their lives, their example sets a contrast to those of us who disobey the Lord’s voice in our own lives. The Rekabites were those people. Their forefather commanded them, in order to honour God, to never drink wine and to be nomadic people. By the time of Jeremiah and the invasion of Nebuchadnezzar into Jerusalem, they were still holding to their charge.
Even under invasion. Even when the going got tough. They held firm.
The Lord spoke through Jeremiah to the people of Judah, reminding them that he had spoken to them again and again, and they had not obeyed him. Imagine God saying that to you…
How are you doing with listening to the Lord’s direction in your life? Do you stick to it or struggle to be consistent? Some of us fold like a cheap tent as soon as the challenge comes. Or the temptation. We are weak-minded. Not committed enough.
God sees. He knows how many times we have ignored his word or gone back on our promises to him. God has put up with my wandering and floundering for a long time. What will change?
God, open my ears. Change my heart. Receive my surrender. Send your Spirit to build me up. Help me be pleasing to you. Today.